Born in California in 1971, William Hiroyuki Sato is a second generation Japanese American cyber security expert and venture capitalist. His parents emigrated from Japan to the the state of California two years before he was born.
William’s cyber security expertise and career began as early as junior high school, when he began developing the skills and interests which would proceed his later success. By 1991, while he was still a university student, William started his security firm I/O software. I/O software developed multiple technologies, such as fingerprint recognition software used by Sony. In the year 2000, Microsoft partnered with I/O software to utilize their authentication technology in the Windows operating system. William eventually sold I/O software to Microsoft and moved to Japan.
In Japan, Saito has worked multiple high profile positions. Notably, he was appointed to provide technical knowledge and support following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. He also was at one time a direct advisor on cyber-security issues to prime minister Shinzo Abe. Additionally, in 2011 William Saito was named a Young Global Leader by the World economic forum.
Outside of government positions, William worked for Japan Airlines as a strategic advisor, lending them his technological expertise in their information technology strategies. In 2017, he was promoted within Japan Airlines, becoming an Executive officer and as their first ever General Manager of Digital Innovation Promotion. Saito sat on the advisory board of the Japan Times for the years 2014 and 2015. His technical expertise also came in handy as an expert consultant at Hakuhodo and Fast Retailing.
William Saito has extensive experience in the technology field, in both the public and private sectors. Through his career he has gained a set of honed skills both unique and valuable. His multiple positions as an information technology advisor and his time running an information security software technology company gave him a solid grasp of the cyber security and technology fields.
In addition to these more technical “hard” skills – William’s time within corporate, business, and government bureaucracy granted him additional interpersonal and management skills. This includes intergovernmental affairs, political affairs, interpersonal communication, and business progress monitoring.
William Saito is truly a leading cyber security, info tech and business expert.